I don’t fly Delta unless I have to. Delta overcharges for award tickets, has lousy low-tier awards availability until you’re very close to your travel dates, and compensates its members poorly for customer-service errors. Many people agree. As evidence, Delta’s miles in black market trading are worth way less than AA, CO, US or UA miles (one third less is my guess).
But from an airline profitability standpoint, the move makes sense for Delta. I am absolutely convinced they will get uneducated fliers to accept $100 for a four-hour delay, maybe even less. If they can work out the logistics of the bidding process, they will save millions. And there’s very little we can do about it. It’s their company. They set the rules.
I’m not sure at this point if the Department of Transportation will step in at some point and guarantee a minimum compensation. Nor am I sure if the other airlines will follow. We are experiencing the ebb and flow of the business cycle. Two years ago, the airlines couldn’t give away seats and were losing money by the millions each day. Today, they’ve corrected many of their balance sheet issues through bankruptcy and better management so they are profitable again. Bottom line: We’re paying more in fees and receiving less for bumps.
The cycle is going their way at the moment.
Amex Card Offer Looks Way Better Now
Your BLOG 50k link for the AMEX MR card just got better cuz they are doing the 50% bonus and 25k MQM for those who did not do last round:
Thus you end up for $450 fee getting 75k for sending over 50k MR points and 25k free MQM and instant Silver status until FEB2013! (free the rest of this year and all of next year since you earned status NOW!)!!!
This is an great deal IMO. You can even work it with some other cards to EZ get GOLD status or even Platinum.
Here are Rene’s instructions to get the deal done.
FIRST! FIRST! FIRST!
Next sign up for the promotion and make sure it shows in your DELTA account here:
Then yes get the card
Then link your DELTA account to MR. MR let’s you “advance” 50k right away btw. So, send over the 50k, net out 75k + get 25k MQM on top of that. Then spend $1000 and earn the 50k bonus (to pay back the 50k you advanced!)
Here is the link to the Flyertalk thread.
Mint coins are here BTW:
Got’a love DELTA!
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Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases